As many readers will be aware, I relish the oppourtunity to comment on any news regarding the Iron Lady and wherever neccessary, “defend her honour”. Today no such defence is neccessary. Last night saw Cameron, star struck by the ever glamorous (if a little frail) Mrs T, presenting her with a liftime achievement award recognising her undeniable achievements. It is refreshing to see Cameron, undaunted and unashamed to be on stage with, and laud the achievements of, undoubtedly our nations greatest post war Prime Minister.
I have never understood the desire of the modernisers to jettison the legacy of Thatcherism and any link between her and the party. She is undoubtedly one of our parties greatest assests and the majority of British people are proud of and remember the many achievements of Thatcherism. I have always understood the desire for change within the party. I have always supported such developments. What I struggled to understand was the need to distance ourself from our partys most successful Prime Minister and the undoubted successes of her legacy. The modernisers forget…. Margaret Thatcher herself was a moderniser. She wasn’t part of the old guard. She was the “Cameron of the 80’s”.
She should be the bench mark from which Cameron should take inspiration and advice. We shouldn’t emulate the policies of the 80’s… they couldn’t work today the way they did then but neither should we devalue their achievements. Regardless of the ins and outs I am glad that the leadership over the past few months has appeared more confident and willing to embrace the legacy of Mrs T. It is a valuable and enduring legacy to claim.
In the words of Cameron himself ; “Those who say that the modern Conservative Party is breaking with the legacy of Margaret Thatcher are wrong”. Glad to hear it.
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